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Local 3D Printer Suppliers

Is there anyone in Maine that supplies 3D Printer filament or parts?

The closest I have found is Folger Technology in New Hampshire. They sell very affordable acrylic framed 3D printer kits, 3D printer parts, and Arduino electronics. I placed a small order for a handful of parts that I needed to finish up a second 3D printer. Communication was quick and helpful. I also found out from Dan that they offer educator and military discounts. I know several people have asked me where to find a printer, so I wanted to share this info. If you school or library is interested in an inexpensive printer, this would be a good starter printer and an unbeatable price.

Not only will shipping be quick, you could always drive down and have the parts or printer kit immediately.

Heading to Midcoast Mini Maker Faire

A handful of us are heading up to the Midcoast Mini Maker Faire tomorrow.

If you find yourself at the Midcoast Mini Maker Faire, give me a call or text and we can all meet up to check things out. Perhaps we can all catch some lunch and introduce ourselves in person.

Rick Sisco

What’s a Makerspace?

So what’s a makerspace? (Also called a hackerspace, a backspace, or a hacklab) It’s any sort of creative space where people gather to make stuff and share ideas about making stuff. These labs, often equipped with tools and materials, allow users to practice a 21st-century sort of DIY.

Photo by Scott Beale

Wikipedia.org defines them as “A location where people with common interests, often in computers, technology, science, digital art or electronic art, can meet, socialise and/or collaborate. Makerspaces/Hackerspaces can be viewed as open community labs incorporating elements of machine shops, workshops and/or studios where hackers can come together to share resources and knowledge to build and make things.”

Hackerspaces.org, a wiki connecting makerspaces around the world, defines them as “community-operated physical places, where people can meet and work on their projects.”

Mythbuster’s Adam Savage “Why We Make”

Adam Savage is part of the team at Mythbusters.  But, what most people might not realize is that he is a true “maker.”  That TV show is not just a job, he loves to create. The video below is of a talk he gave at a Maker Faire a few months ago.  As he says “It doesn’t matter what you make and it doesn’t matter why, the importance is that you are making something.”

The Tradesman – A movie all “makers” should watch…

If you are a maker, a craftsman(or woman) or someone who knows the satisfaction of working with your hands, you will enjoy this movie. It shows very smart and hard working people doing difficult work. The kind of work many of us avoid doing.  But, this documentary is a striking example of why we NEED skilled trades people and why they are a crucial part of the success of America. These are the people that MADE this country, they are the innovators, the creators of companies and they are disappearing! At the very least, you will understand how these hard working people make all of our lives better. Everyday, we want things cheaper and easier. But there is only one way to get quality, and that’s when a skilled person creates quality.   These people are talented artists. It’s not just skill, but creativity, common sense, and thousands of hours of “doing it.” The saying goes that “if you do what you love, it’s no longer work.” The movie shows some eclectic art done by tradespeople. But consider that the Curiosity Mars Rover was also built buy passionate and very skilled people.

Yes, parts of this movie are a bit depressing, but that’s the reality of hard times. But keep in mind, that the trades are not just plumbers, carpenters and electricians. There are machinist, fabricators, and entrepreneurs. Even if you have no desire to be a tradesman, many of these “hands-on” skills are vital for all of us to know.  Being able to fix your possessions and take care of your home is a great way to save money. In the case of engineers, having hands-on skills is critical. Because when you “engineer” something, not only does someone else have to build it, it has to be “engineered” right. The only way to know if it’s done right, is if you have experience doing it yourself!

This first video features an introduction to the film by Mike Rowe (of Dirty Jobs fame).

The movie does have commercials, but well worth watching to the end. These folks truly are artists.